Generous Dundalk People Help the Homeless

Eugene Garvey, who co-ordinated a shoe box appeal, has said he was overwhelmed at the generosity of the people of Dundalk and surrounding areas for his recent shoebox appeal to help the homeless.
“When we first send out the appeal I was hoping to get around 100 shoeboxes and felt that would have been a good result. Bearing in mind the very deserving charities that are all vying for funds at this time of year, not to mention the various shoe box appeals out there, I was overwhelmed to receive over 500 shoeboxes for the homeless. Each shoebox came from a place of love, generosity of spirit and compassion.”
At the beginning of the appeal, Mr Garvey had aimed to have three charities benefit. (Newry Help the Homeless, Simon Community and Dundalk Soup Kitchen). However, due to the amazing response, he was able to include St Patrick’s Soup Kitchen, SVP, Save our Homeless Dundalk and Women’s Aid.
Without wishing to leave anyone out, Mr Garvey said a special thank you must go to the schools, St Brigid’s School in Ard Easmuinn, Ardee Community School, St Jospeh’s School in Crossmaglen and Naíonra agus gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan.
“It really heartens me to see that the future of our county has young people who wanted to help people less fortunate than themselves and gave wholeheartedly to the appeal. I want to thank each and every person who donated to this appeal and a special thank you to the local papers who very kindly covered it and promoted it. I want to thank Mathews Coaches as well as they kindly drove the boxes to Dublin for us.
“I want to wish everyone a happy Christmas and let’s hope the New Year bring an end to the homeless crisis in this country and we won’t need to repeat this appeal next year,” added Eugene.

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